Free tips League Two Tips: Exeter City v Carlisle United (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Exeter City take on Carlisle United in the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-finals. The sides remain deadlocked after last weekend’s frenetic six-goal thriller.

Here are our betting tips and predictions for the decisive clash.


Exeter v Carlisle Prediction

Exeter to win at 11/10 with William Hill


Exeter v Carlisle Best Tip

Exeter to win and both teams to score (BTTS) at 3/1 with Paddy Power


Exeter v Carlisle Past Meetings

These two have been involved in some high-scoring games this season. The Cumbrians won both league encounters 3-2, before last week’s epic 3-3 draw at Brunton Park.


Exeter v Carlisle Stats

Exeter won eight home league matches from 23 this season, while over 2.5 goals happened in 57% of those.

Carlisle won eight from 23 away matches in the league, while over 2.5 goals happened in 53% of those.


Exeter Team News

Veteran Matt Oakley has missed the last five games with a hip flexor problem but should make the squad. Left-back Craig Woodman could start again, having made his return last weekend from a broken arm.


Carlisle Team News

Boss Keith Curle could re-introduce Jason Kennedy to the starting XI. The midfielder was an unused substitute last Sunday, having finally recovered from a groin problem. Striker Jabo Ihere missed the weekend’s game and could be ruled out again with a hamstring issue.


Reason for Exeter v Carlisle Bets

A final promotion showdown at Wembley awaits one of Exeter City or Carlisle United. Both sets of players showed their intent last Sunday in an engaging 3-3 draw – the high-scoring match a trait between these two clubs this season.

Whilst the Grecians will feel aggrieved at letting a two-goal lead slip, they’ll be equally motivated by their performance. They put on an impressive away display at Brunton Park and will feel they can outperform their rivals again on home turf.

Nevertheless, the Cumbrians perhaps have the mental edge – their comeback was a sign of unity and determination vital at this stage of the season. They also head to St James Park with a decent away record – they’ve been defeated just five times on their travels this season, with only two sides losing less.

Paul Tisdale’s unit struggled at home this year. They lost 10 league games at St James Park, making them one of just four League Two teams to reach double-figure home losses. However, the fans will have a major part to play on Thursday night, and home failures will be forgotten if they can nick a crucial win.

With the tie delicately poised – away goals don’t count in the play-offs – both sides will once again have to go out with a cup-final mentality. Season-long form would suggest an away win, but that generally goes out the window in the play-offs. The home side often has the edge in the second leg, especially with the match starting on level terms, so back Exeter to win at 11/10 with William Hill.

Goals are all but guaranteed between these two, and there’s good value backing both teams to score at 3/1 with Paddy Power. It’s happened in all of Carlisle’s last seven outings and in six of Exeter’s last seven.


Exeter v Carlisle Prediction

Exeter to win at 11/10 with William Hill


Exeter v Carlisle Best Tip

Exeter to win and both teams to score (BTTS) at 3/1 with Paddy Power


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